Charlottesville Police Search for Robbery Suspects

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

October 6, 2006

Charlottesville police are looking for three men who robbed two University of Virginia students and could be responsible for an attempted abduction earlier this week.

Two UVa students were walking along University Avenue around 4:00 a.m. Friday when they noticed a dark car with flashy rims pull up beside them.

A man with a gun jumped out of the car and demanded their money. One student threw his wallet and ran. The other pulled his money out of his wallet and the robber assaulted him.

“He struck one of them in the back of the head several times with the pistol causing severe lacerations,” said Charlottesville Police Lt. Gary Pleasants.

Two other men were waiting in the car. These men and their car fit the description of robbers who tried to force a man into his trunk at gunpoint at Barracks Road shopping center on Tuesday.

“It’s very likely the same people involved in an robbery attempted abduction on Emmett Street earlier this week and may be linked to something else we are not sure at this time,” said Pleasants.

Police are not saying what that something else might be but just last month a student was shot in the stomach by robbers on Wertland Street and another student almost had her purse stolen on Jefferson Park Avenue. With these incidents student Friday said they continue to be on guard.

“You need to be careful when you are walking around just from all the events that have been happening a lot of people are taking a lot more care with what they are doing,” said UVa 2nd year Liam De Los Reyas.

“I usually walk with four or five of my friends so that makes me feel safer,” said Michelle Lamont, a 1st year student.

The three men are described as two black males and one white male driving in an older model dark colored small car with chrome rims. A black male has a tattoo on his wrist with cursive writing and the white male has a tattoo on his neck resembling Italy.

If you have information call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

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